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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan: "All you need is a dollar and a dream."

23 January 2018

Dead Women, Angry Men, Toxic Masculinity, and Jung

Every novel about a dead woman and an angry man is a confession of allegorical (or metaphorical) murder at the author’s hands.

01 March 2017

The Parable of the Blind Swordfighter

Whenever you feel angry, imagine that you’re a blind person in a crowded room with a sword that doesn’t have a handle. It’s a metaphor for anger and the need for control I’ve found useful, even if I don’t consistently apply it.

24 February 2017

Theme and Variations; or, Why You Won’t Find Me on Tinder

As a married man, I have no business using Tinder. And because of the way I see my wife and marriage, I have no desire to do so either.

21 February 2017

Classical Taste: A Love Story; Or, Nobody Knows You’re a Cat on the Internet

You may have heard about how I met my wife Catherine before, but I saw a painting that made me want to tell it again.

14 February 2017

Where is the Payoff in Writing?

If you’re writing because you expect a payoff instead of doing it for yourself, you might be doing it for the wrong reasons.

11 February 2017

Finding Pieces of Myself in a Storage Unit

Retrieving old instruments and books from a storage unit gave me cause to stop and reflect on my life thus far.